Walmart and Fast Food Unions' Strategy

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January 28, 2013
Small but highly publicized strikes by Walmart retail and warehouse workers last fall set the labor movement abuzz and gained new respect for organizing methods once regarded skeptically.
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Origami: A Blend of Sculpture and Mathematics

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January 27, 2013
The shape of a Pringle, mathematically speaking, is called a hyperbolic paraboloid. Artists have been folding paper into this shape for years. The twist? Hyperbolic paraboloids shouldn’t exist in origami—it’s impossible to make such a 3D shape using only the creases pressed into paper by hand. By that logic, some of Erik Demaine’s artwork shouldn’t exist either.
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The Myth of Living Beyond Our Means

The Myth of Living Beyond Our Means feature image
January 27, 2013
The richest 1 percent now own more than 35 percent of all of the nation’s household wealth, and 38 percent of the nation’s financial assets – including stocks and pension funds. The richest 400 Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million of us put together. 6 Walmart heirs have more wealth than bottom 33 million American families combined. So why are we even contemplating cutting programs the middle class and poor depend on, and raising raising their taxes?
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Voices of Protest from Tahrir

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January 27, 2013
The Brotherhood, the military and the property class are increasing their stranglehold on society, but the spirit of revolution, two years on, is undiminished. The youth, women and workers have not been defeated, and they want their voices heard.
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Big Banks and Income Disparity

January 27, 2013
When banks complain that regulations stifle innovation or profit potential or that business may be driven offshore, the answer may well be “so what.” The startling truth may be that the elimination of most of the financial innovations of the last 35 years would be the best job creator ever considered.
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Dunkin' Donuts Sick Pay Rally

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January 26, 2013
Working Families Rally in Boston for Sick Pay
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Obama and Israel

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January 26, 2013
80,000 Ask to President Obama-Hold Israel Accountable
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Obama's Inauguration

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January 26, 2013
Obama's Inaugural Address should be understood as very important but not representing a promise of direction
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Jobless Challenge for Obama

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January 26, 2013
Joblessness - Obama's Biggest Challenge
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Portside Culture

Marque Richardson on His Big Episode of Dear White People and How Art Can Be Activism

Jackson McHenry
Vulture
In the wrenching fifth episode of the series, Reggie gets into a fight with a white character who uses the N-word at a party, then winds up held at gunpoint by the campus police. As Richardson explained, the episode, which was directed by Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins, rejiggered the structure of the show and forced the writers to figure out a new way forward.

Where Will You Go When Things Get Worse?

Susan Cohen
portside
Our ship of state, writes Berkeley poet Susan Cohen, may be facing extinction, but there's no practical escape that will suffice; alternatively, we may resist.

The Stubborn Optimist: Following the Persevering Example of the Writer and Activist Grace Paley

Nicholas Dames
The Atlantic
Writer, poet, college teacher, political activist, peace agitator and feminist,Grace Paley was a well-known and highly respected commodity to those of us active in left protest during the 1960 and much later. This new collection of her writings should remind us of what we justifiably admired most, not just her talent as a writer but her commitment to the struggle and the long haul.

The Revelatory Horror of The Zookeeper’s Wife

Jacob Soll
New Republic
The Zookeeper’s Wife shows the Holocaust was not an easy existential battle fought between a massive evil machine and good, tough men. It was also made up of unrecorded domestic crimes, often of sexual aggression and abuse. What Caro makes clear is that a society that overlooks these transgressions is in dangerous territory. In attempting to understand these crimes and how to counter them, Caro challenges us to look closer to home, into the finer grain of the horror.

How Lunch Became a Pile of Bologna

Amy McKeever
Eater.com
How we feel about bologna reveals something about ourselves. The history of such seemingly mundane food can be fascinating, as is consideration of its future.

Portside Labor

Who Moved My Teachers?

Patrick Caldwell
Mother Jones
Wisconsin's war on unions has gutted schools. The rest of America could be next.

The Price for Killing Workers Must Be Prison

Leo Gerard
AlterNet
Nationally, at all workplaces, one employee is killed on the job every other hour. Twelve a day. These are not all accidents. Too many are foreseeable, preventable, avoidable tragedies. With the approach of April 28, Workers Memorial Day 2017, the USW is seeking in America what workers in Canada have to prevent these deaths. That is a law holding supervisors and corporate officials criminally accountable and exacting serious prison sentences when workers die on the job.

Local 33 Members Begin Hunger Strike

KEVIN SWAIN
Yale News
Eight members of the graduate student union Local 33 began an indefinite, collective fast in front of University President Peter Salovey’s home on Tuesday in an effort to persuade Yale to begin collective bargaining.

America’s manliest industries are all competing for women

Danielle Paquette
The Washington Post
The Iron Workers want to attract and retain more journeywomen, who tend to quit at a higher rate. The demographic represents a huge opportunity for growth, a way to bolster the future dues-paying membership. But recruiting women into a historically male space - and keeping them around - isn't as easy. Almost 9 in 10 female construction workers have dealt with sexual harassment on the job, aLabor Department study found.

Harvesting Union Rights in the Field

Sonia Singh
Labor Notes
Unlike most guestworkers, many in North Carolina have a say in their working conditions and seniority rights because they belong to a union, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on April 28, 2017

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner hold an incredible amount of political power. That's troubling considering their incredibly small amount of political experience.

Posted by Portside on April 28, 2017

 

Starting with Carlos Varela in Havana and featuring over 75 Cuban musicians around the world, from Havana and Santiago to Miami, Barcelona and Tokyo. 

Posted by Portside on April 28, 2017

On Earth Day, April 22, Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” spoke in front of large crowd in Washington DC, declared "Science must shape policy." Official March For Science website.

Posted by Portside on April 28, 2017

Donald Trump (Anthony Atamanuik) of The President Show explains how he'll pay for his U.S.-Mexico border wall, reform taxes and make Comedy Central great again.

Posted by Portside on April 28, 2017

Variety: "The complex story of how McVeigh came to be the righteous and violent sociopath he was. He saw himself as a freedom fighter going to war against the evils of big government." 

Posted by Portside on April 21, 2017

Even though he doesn't identify as a member of the party, Senator Bernie Sanders is on the road with DNC Chair Tom Perez.

Posted by Portside on April 22, 2017

The presidential election in France could determine the political future of Europe. John Oliver visits an excessively French bistro to deliver an urgent message to voters.